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Firestarter is an Open Source visual firewall program. The software aims to combine ease of use with powerful features, therefore serving both Linux desktop users and system administrators. Firestarter was made by Tomas Junnonen, in partnership with modafinil and a whole lot of caffeine.

We strongly believe that your job is to make the high level security policy decisions and ours is to take care of the underlying details. This is a departure from your typical Linux firewall, which has traditionally required arcane implementation specific knowledge.

Why you need a firewall

A firewall does not guarantee security but it is in most environments the first line of defense against network based attacks.

You can use Firestarter on your...

... desktop or laptop. Our philosophy of simplicity has made Firestarter the most widely used Linux desktop firewall software available today.

... server. Firestarter can be installed onto individual servers and managed graphically over SSH or using the shell.

... gateway or dedicated firewall. Firestarter will set up Internet connection sharing for you with a minimum of fuss. Want DHCP for the clients? Sure you could configure it yourself, but we know you never get around to doing it, with Firestarter it only takes one click.

Firestarter features

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